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Franklin County 4-H News - September 2019

Don't Miss Your Chance for County Awards - Deadline 9/10

Make sure you take the opportunity to fill out the appropriate award forms so that you can receive the credit you deserve for all of your accomplishments in 4-H! Here are the awards that are available...

Clover Award Forms (project members only)
These simple award forms are easy to fill out. Just mark off the activities that you've participated in this year, add up your points, and find out if you've qualified for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Clover Pin Award.

Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking Awards (project members only)
Check off the activities that you've completed on each of these forms to see if you've qualified for one or all of these award pins. You must complete a clover award form also to be eligible to receive these awards.

Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year Award (project members only)
This competitive award is only given to a select few in each age category to honor those that have gone above and beyond in their 4-H experiences. Award reviewers compile scores from clover and pin awards, review project and 4-H experiences, and read the short response essays on the all new online application to select the winners of this award.

Cloverbud Pin Award (Cloverbud members only)
Our youngest members in Kindergarten through second grade can complete this form to receive their Cloverbud Pin Award at the recognition program.

Mark your calendars for the annual 4-H recognition program to be held October 20, 6:00pm, at the Ohio 4-H Center. These awards will be presented that night. Look for the RSVP link in your inbox in October!

Your club may be eligible for the Helping Hands Community Service Award or the Honor Club Award. The applications are available HERE.


2019 Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 6pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

We encourage all members and families to attend. All 4-H members that register to attend will have their name, club, and years in 4-H displayed on the screen above the stage as their name is read and the member goes up on stage to be recognized.

4-H members who filled out the following forms will receive special recognition at this event:
  • Cloverbud Pin
  • Clover Award Pins (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Leadership Pin
  • Community Service Pin
  • Public Speaking Pin

Save the date! RSVP link coming soon.

Camp Counselor Applications - DEADLINE October 22

Applications are now being accepted for teens interested in serving as new or returning camp counselors at the 2020 Franklin County 4-H Camp, Wednesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 21. Individuals thinking of applying should check out the position description and application details found HERE.

Important - New and returning counselors must apply. All applicants, new and returning, must have their club advisor complete a Member in Good Standing Form in addition to filling out the online application. Note that applicants that were not counselors in 2019, need to be collect references prior to the deadline of October 22.

Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute! Failure to plan on your part is not the fault of your references or your club advisor.


  • Must be a 4-H member in good standing & complete at least one project
  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp (June 17, 2020)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
  • Must attend a minimum of seven counselor training meetings
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • All applicants must submit a completed Member in Good Standing Form
  • Applicants that were not counselors in 2019 must submit two completed references
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 17, 2020 must also submit to a background check


  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill the application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process. All first time counselors must complete the interview process, while returning counselors will complete an interview if requested.

Carving New Ideas Teen Camp November 15-17

Save the date for the 2018 Carving New Ideas Teen Camp!

Carving New Ideas is a statewide teen leadership camping opportunity for any 4-H members in grades 8-12. The focus is on improving skills in critical thinking and program facilitation. This unique event is planned and facilitated by the Collegiate 4-H Club at The Ohio State University. The weekend begins on Friday night at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio, with check-in between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

Register at this link!


You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2020. We are looking for Franklin County 4-H members who are at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade. Our meetings will mostly be held the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30. The location will usually be at the Franklin County Extension Office located at, 530 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Teen Leaders Council is a Franklin County 4-H club that focuses on preparing teens to be caring and contributing leaders through educational and leadership opportunities. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service learning projects.

Tentative Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 28, 2020 6:30-8:30 Planning for officer training and Winter Fair.

February 1, 2020 10am-12pm Winter Project Fair, Officer Training

March 24, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

April 28, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

August 25, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

September 22, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

October 27, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

November 24, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

December 14, 2020 6:30-8:30pm
Interested in applying to serve on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council?


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next few CARTEENS will be held September 10, October 8, and November 12. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office.

Contact Sue for more info:

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer and helping a 4-H Club? 4-H Advisors must be screened Ohio 4-H Volunteers. This process takes several steps. One of which is to attend an orientation. Two are currently scheduled for the 2019-2020 4-H year.

September 25, 2019, 6:30pm (Extension Office)
January 27, 2020, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

March 25, 2020, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

If you would like to apply to be a 4-H advisor, click HERE for the application. If you are interested in attending the orientation please contact Rachel Stoneburner at to register.


(Subject to Change)

September 18, 2019, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council
September 25, 2019, 6:30pm - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation (Extension Office)

October 7, 2019, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)

October 20, 2019, 6pm - 4-H Recognition Program (Ohio 4-H Center)

October 22, 2019, Deadline to submit Camp Counselor Applications
November 4, 2019, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)

November 13, 2019, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council

November 15-17, 2019, Carving New Ideas Teen Camp

December 1, 2019 - Deadline to submit Teen Leaders Council Applications

December 1, 2019, 1pm - Franklin County 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

January 1, 2020 - Market Steer/Heifer Possession Deadline for Franklin Co Fair

January 13, 2020 - Volunteer Appreciation & Enrichment Night

January 22, 2019- Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms Due to Extension Office

January 27, 2020 - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

February 1, 2020, 10am - Winter Project Fair (Extension Office)

February 1, 2020, 12:30pm - Officer Training (Extension Office)
March 25, 2020, New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

April 1, 2020 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

April 4, 2020 - Franklin County 4-H Walk & Serve

June 17-21, 2020 (Wednesday-Sunday) - Franklin County 4-H Camp

July 15, 2020 - Livestock Evaluations

July 18-25, 2020 - Franklin County Fair

More dates coming soon.

2019 4-H Club Enrollment

Please note that the online member enrollment process for the 2019 4-H program year cannot begin until October 1. The 4-HOnline enrollment system will not be ready for member enrollments until October. Thank you for your patience.


Demand for new clubs and new 4-H advisors is growing! This year, the 4-H Council is sponsoring New Club Start-Up Kits and Mini-Grants. If you are interested in starting a 4-H club, please contact Beth at for more information.

To start a new club, you must be an official Ohio 4-H Volunteer that has been through the six step screening process. You can find an application HERE and please save the date for the required new volunteer orientation on September 25, 6:30pm, or January 27, 6:30pm at the Extension Office.

Fairgrounds Trash Can Painting Contest

The Franklin County Fairgrounds has asked for 4-H clubs to consider painting barrels to be used as trash cans at the fair as a community service project this coming year. The fairgrounds will provide up to five barrels per club to paint.

In an effort to add a little fun to this project, the 4-H program has decided to make it a contest with prizes for the winning clubs. Prizes will be awarded to the club for the following awards:

  • Most Creative
  • Best 4-H Spirit
  • Best Fair Spirit
  • Most Community-Minded
  • People's Choice

Guidelines: Barrels can only be decorated with paint. (Please don't glue/attach anything to it. They will be used as trash cans and need to be sturdy and not lose pieces.)

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Franklin County Fair!

For information on how to receive your club's barrels, please contact the fair office at

For questions about the contest, contact Beth Boomershine at

Ohio 4-H Forestry and Wildlife Camp

Ohio 4-H is excited to offer the 2019 Forestry - Wildlife Camp at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for 4-H members that are 12-16 years old. This is the fourth year for this unique camp, which specializes in environmental education! Camp participants will get to try new and exciting challenges, learn about and appreciate the natural world around them, while meeting experts in the field of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation.

What does a camper get to do?

Here is just a short list from our agenda!

• Tree I.D. Hike and Tree Climbing

• Fishing and Boating

• Radio Telemetry

• Wilderness Survival Techniques

• Sawmill & Tree Felling Demos

• Wildlife Identification

• Hunting and Trapping Techniques

Camp Details

When: October 11-13
Where: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson Ohio
Fees: $77.00 (If you are one of the first 40 campers the fees are $35.00)

If you are interested in attending Forestry and Wildlife Camp please click here for more information.

Bottle Cap and Lid Drive

The Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council is partnering with Green Tree Plastics to collect bottle caps and lids. They are asking for your help in collecting these items, that will be used to make benches for use around the new Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Office and the Franklin County Fairgrounds. It can take up to 250lbs of lids to construct a bench. Below is a list of accepted caps and lids for your reference. You can drop your caps and lids office at the Franklin County Extension Office at 530 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money! You must re-enroll each year!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: 84945
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